DEBATES IN BRITISH POLITICS - 2021/2
Module code: POL1017
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This module offers an introduction to British Politics, exploring the key institutions of the political system (monarchy, Government, Parliament, parties), recent political challenges (Europe, the role of the media, devolution, public services) and options for reform. Students will cement their knowledge of our parliamentary democracy and place this in the current political context. It focuses in particular on British Politics since the 2010 General Election.
MIDDLETON Alia (Politics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: L230
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Typical module content may include: Introduction to British Politics, Monarchy and the State, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament, the party system, public services, the civil service, Britain in Europe, Devolution, the Media, Political Engagement and political reform.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||BOOK REVIEW (1000 WORDS )||40|
|Examination||2 HOUR SEEN EXAMINATION (ESSAY QUESTIONS)||60|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
- Their ability to understand and debate controversial issues in British politics.
- Their ability to apply theories of the British political system to contemporary political events.
- Critical analysis of introductory British Politics texts.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Book Review (1000 words)
- Seen Examination (2 Hours)
Formative assessment and feedback
Based on discussions and feedback in class and during tutorials
- Cement your knowledge of the formal work and structure of British political institutions.
- Develop your knowledge of the informal workings of the political system, showing how these institutions work on a day to day basis, exploring common misconceptions.
- Develop skills of political analysis, showing how contemporary political events challenge traditional theories of sovereignty, power and representation.
- Provide students with the skills to critically analyse key British politics texts.
|001||Identify the major debates in the field of British Politics.||KC|
|002||Critically analyse contemporary political events and understand how these relate to traditional theories of sovereignty, power and representation.||KC|
|003||Understand the tensions between the constitutional underpinnings of the political system and its more informal workings.||KC|
|004||Examine current debates on Europe, devolution and the reform of the political system, producing theoretically informed and evidence based responses, reflections and proposals.||KCPT|
|005||Critically evaluate a short British Politics book.||KCT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Lectures and discussion elaborating on lecture content; in-depth discussion of issues in tutorials.
The learning and teaching methods include:
11 x 1hr Lectures, 11 x 1hr seminars.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for DEBATES IN BRITISH POLITICS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pol1017
Programmes this module appears in
|International Relations BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Public Affairs MPA||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.